Tricking out a bike with flag-inspired frills is a long-standing Fourth of July tradition. Follow this parade, and gear up to cruise with star-spangled pride.
No MP3 file could ever capture it: the simple, joyful flick-flick-flick of a playing card snapping against bike spokes. If childhood summer had a soundtrack, this noise would surely be on it. What's so thrilling is that this sounds just the same as it did in your childhood. And your parents', and their parents'. Indeed, in Telluride, Colorado, they've been parading down Main Street on the Fourth of July for more than 130 years, decorating bikes and reveling in the red, white, and blue. Steal some inspiration from them, adorn your old two-wheeler, and turn up the volume on that happy childhood sound.
Oh, say, can you see -- all the possibilities? Handlebars festooned with fringe and wheels dressed up with stars and stripes are some of the ways a bicycle can get ready for a spin on the Fourth. Neighbors deck out their rides for Telluride's annual parade, the quintessential small-town Independence Day march.
Dress up a wagon with our starry labels. Print designs onto adhesive or plain paper and adhere or tape them to wagons.
Print these labels onto adhesive or plain paper and adhere the fill in-the-blank designs to buckets and the festive messages to bottles of bubble favors.
Make your patriotic pooch stand out in the crowd with a red, white, and blue bow tie.
As seen in the July 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. Photography and Video 2011 Ken Kochey. All rights reserved. All other content 2011 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
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